A man arrested Thursday after a pursuit following a confrontation over a painted stolen car told police he painted another stolen car that burst into flames Wednesday.
Roscoe Wood, 24, was booked into Spokane County Jail after 4 p.m. Thursday on charges of vehicle theft, malicious mischief and assault. Investigators said Wood was painting a 1988 Nissan Acura with red house paint and a squeegee inside a carport near the 5700 block of North Regal Street around noon. A bystander approached and blocked Wood in, suspecting the vehicle was stolen, according to court documents.
Wood then rammed the person’s car in a failed attempt to escape, according to police. He ran away and allegedly got involved in a fight with people who chased him. At some point, a homeowner came out with a gun and held Wood until police could arrive, according to a news release.
The Acura was the fourth vehicle Wood - a homeless man who has received drug treatment in the past - is alleged to have taken. He was arrested last week driving a stolen pickup truck after leading officers on a pursuit to Mission Park in the Logan neighborhood, according to court documents. Wood was released without bail on a charge of motor vehicle theft.
Wood is also thought to be the driver in a collision that occurred at Wall Street and Whitworth Drive on April 7, while driving a stolen vehicle and possessing drugs.
Firefighters responded to a body shop in north Spokane on Wednesday to find a 1992 Buick Skylark fully engulfed in flames. The Skylark had been painted red from its original silver hue and had been reported stolen Sunday, three days after Wood’s release from jail. An employee at the shop said a man matching Wood’s description entered her store and asked for water to douse flames in his car.
Wood fled when firefighters arrived. He later told police he stole the car to live in, painted it and the engine burst into flames as he was driving.
Wood is expected to make a first appearance on the most recent charges this afternoon in court.